Retrospective: Keisuke Kinoshita at Arsenal Kino

Arsenal Kino is currently showing a retrospective of Japanese director Keisuke Kinoshita (1912-1998) – until 28th February they are screening six of Kinoshita’s most famous movies, five of his more unknown films are shown during the Berlinale film festival which is kicking off today!

Yesterday I went to see KARUMEN KOKYO NI KAERU (Carmen Comes Home), a musical film from 1951 and incidentally also the first Japanese colour film – surreal and charming, with great songs. I’m definitely going to buy it on DVD! And because we liked the first Carmen film so much we stayed for the sequel KARUMEN JUNJOSU (Carmen’s Innocent Love) from 1952 – very different visually but still starring the gorgeous Hideko Takamine. (Arsenal Kino website).

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